Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This Wednesday night, I'll leave for the Denver airport late in the evening for a 1:00am flight to Hartford, CT. It takes two flights to get there, but with the help of an Advil or Tylenol PM, I'll try to grab some shuteye on the four hour flight to Atlanta, where I hope to have time for breakfast before boarding the flight to Hartford, CT, arriving mid-morning. I'll return to Colorado Sunday evening, just as the Halloween trick-or-treaters are making their rounds.

There will be no sightseeing in that New England state on this visit. In fact, I will probably only be outside in the morning and in the evening. The rest of the four days I'll be inside a large convention hall.

Why go to all that trouble for such a short flight, no sleep, and no sightseeing? Because I'll be totally absorbed in yarns, knitters, and all things fiber. I'll be attending STITCHES EAST, probably the largest gathering of knitters & fiber artists in the Eastern U.S. every year. I'm attending as a guest of Gene Ann's Yarns from Barrington, IL, and will be signing copies of the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries at Gene Ann's vendor booth. I met Gene Ann over three years ago while visiting dear friends who live in that lovely Chicago suburb, Lake Barrington. And I've signed at Gene Ann's wonderful Barrington yarn shop for the past three summers.

Last June, Gene Ann asked if I'd like to attend this October's huge knitting expo/convention in Hartford, and I jumped at the opportunity. There was no way I'd pass up the chance to immerse myself in yarns and fibers and talk to other "fiberholics."

So. . .if you or anyone you know will be attending this week's STITCHES EAST in Hartford, please drop by Gene Ann's Yarns booth #1005 on Friday at 11:30am and/or Saturday at 1:00pm. Gene Ann has even obtained copies of the new tradepaper release, DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS, even though the release date is November 2nd. Way to go, Gene Ann! Hope to see some of you there!